Bagging the views

About this route

This walk features the fine headland of Baggy Point and panoramic views over North Devon’s surfing beaches of Woolacombe Sands and Croyde Bay, together with the sweep of the North Devon coast to Hartland Point.  Much of the walk follows the line of the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail.

Getting Around

The walk starts in Croyde which is served by regular buses from Barnstaple or Braunton; check times at www.travelinesw.com

There is a car park near the Post Office at the village centre, another near the beach and a National Trust car park below Middleborough Hill.

Croyde (all facilities); Putsborough (toilets and seasonal refreshments); Croyde Bay (toilets and refreshments)
Two fairly gentle climbs
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OS Maps

Explorer (1:25,000) No. 139 Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple
Landranger (1:50,000) No 180 Barnstaple and Ilfracombe

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Interesting information

The South West Coast Path around here is also the lin eof the Tark Trail.  This Trail follows the journey through north Devon of Tarka the Otter in the book of that name.  The book, which evokes superb descriptions of north Devon in the 1920s was written by Henry Williamson who lived for many years at Georgeham, just inland of Putsborough and Croyde.  There is a memorial stone to him as the path descends to the art deco style Baggy House.

Baggy Point was a favourite spot of Henry Williamson and it features more than once in Tarka the Otter.   As you approach the Point the views ahead begin to open out.  If the weather is clear, the coast around to Clovelly and Hartland Point will be visible with Lundy on the seaward horizon.

Baggy is also a favourite location for rock climbers and they are frequently seen on the steeply inclined rock slabs ahead or on the sheer cliffs behind.

Aerial photo looking down on the beach and rocky shore at Downend and Croyde
Downend and Croyde

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Photo of the top of a waymarking post for the Coast Path and Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail walking route

Inspired by Henry Williamson’s much loved novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which was based on real places, this 163 miles/261kms recreation